I Know What You Did Last Summer meets the French countryside in this exhilarating psychological suspense novel about a woman trapped by the bonds of friendship—perfect for fans of The Widow and The Woman in Cabin 10.
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Everyone has a secret...
They were six university students from Oxford—friends and sometimes more than friends—spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway...until they met Severine, the girl next door.
But after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate Channing knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can't forgive. And there are some people you can't forget...like Severine, who was never seen again.
A decade later, the case is reopened when Severine's body is found behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she's worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts all around her. Desperate to resolve her unreliable memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the memory of the woman who still haunts her, Kate finds herself entangled within layers of deception with no one to set her free....
The discovery of the remains of a young woman named Severine, a decade after she disappeared from her Dordogne home, jump-starts a murder investigation in British author Elliott's engrossing, if flawed, debut. It also stirs up memories for six Oxford University chums who got to know Severine during a week they spent at a Dordogne farmhouse. Hardest hit by the news is London legal recruiter Kate, who has never quite managed to get over her breakup after the aforementioned holiday with dashing Seb, a split hastened by his fascination with the elegant, enigmatic Severine. Already stressed trying to get her own headhunting firm off the ground and by the imminent return (after years in the U.S.) of both the now-married Seb and his cousin Tom to whom she has always felt a never-pursued attraction Kate really starts to lose it, to the point of seeing Severine's ghost. Elliott has come up with a promising premise and intriguing, if somewhat stereotypical characters, but ultimately doesn't seem to know quite what to do with them.
A good suspenseful read. Most of the action occurs at the end, the ending is somewhat predicted ahead of time but nonetheless a good read.
The French Girl
A truly readable book. The author is not drawn out or cute with her words. The writing is thoughtful and well timed. I was always entertained and led on until the end. Engrossing read; I definitely would seek more of future publishing.
The French Girl
Great read. !!